As a linguistic term, diathesis first occurs in the definition of verb given in the treatise on grammar attributed to Dionysius Thrax. There its value intersects those of activeness and affectedness with the result that it designates both semantic and formal properties. In restricting the analysis to the author of this treatise on grammar, whoever he may have been, the paper investigates the origin of diathesis as a linguistic term. The data gathered suggest that the term was originally taken from Aristotle's thought. Of course, how the value of diathesis then developed can also be outlined. This relates to the Stoics' contribution to linguistic analysis, which was also adopted in subsequent philosophical thought.
|Title of host publication||Metalinguaggio. Storia e statuto dei costrutti della linguistica|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Name||LINGUE, LINGUAGGI, METALINGUAGGIO|